PROFITABLE CAREERS IN HVAC (HEATING, VENTING, AND AIR CONDITIONING)
Opportunities abound in the HVAC industries that are both profitable and rewarding for students that are interested in working in a stable industry with good starting wages and upward mobility, including running your own profitable business.
The Rocky Mountain Gas Association (RMGA), founded in 1943, is a nonprofit association of HVAC contractors, suppliers, educators and industry specialists, working together to improve the industry both in terms of training and certifying technicians, but lobbying for improved business conditions. RMGA membership is approaching 300 contractor and associate members, and we offer certification, training and related services to non-member companies as well.
Apprenticeship Program Offered
Training as an HVAC apprentice gives students hands on experience, working for a sponsoring company during the day, and attending classes 2 nights per week, 9 months of the year, for 4 years. Classes are available at most Applied Technology Colleges throughout the State. After completeing the apprenticeship program, the student is bestowed with the title of journeyman. Students can even earn an associates degree while in the apprenticeship program by adding a few general education classes to their studies. HVAC Apprentice wages are currently in the range of $9.00 to $13.00 per hour, among most sponsoring companies. A journeyman's pay scale can reach $24.00 per hour, with performance bonuses on top of that. Many sponsoring companies have technicians on track to earn well above $70,000 in 2006!
The State Apprenticeship program is not a union program; any licensed contractor may become an apprentice sponsor.
Most sponsoring companiesz will provide tuition reimbursement when good grades are obtained. Trade programs at all Applied Technology Colleges throughout the State qualify for tuition reimbursement.
Paid Factory Training
In addition to on the job training, technicians are sent to factory training classes, which range from all day classes, to classes that are only 1-3 hours and are held after work, at dealers such as Lennox, Trane, Carrier, etc. Many companies send their technicians to out-of-state training sessions for one to two week periods for in-depth, specialized training. The technician's receive their normal wages, room, board, tuition, and airfare!
Business Ownership Options
The RMGA is commited to educating and assisting all self-motivated, disciplined, and energentic students to one day own and operate their own HVAC business.
Student Presentations Available
RMGA offers student presentations, Q&A roundtables, and information packets that highlight the HVAC industry options and pay scale. We have HVAC professionals available to man tabletop displays and to answer student questions in a trade show format. We also offer hands-on presentations to High School Shop Classes, where we find most students interested.
For more information, please contact John Hill, RMGA Education Committee Chair, at 801-521-8340.There are currently no HVAC Careers to display.